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Our Purpose

The Hillman Grad Network was founded by Emmy-Award winning writer, producer, and actress Lena Waithe to provide free resources, opportunity, and access to emerging artists in the entertainment industry. Navigating your way through Hollywood can be a difficult and confusing process, but with mentoring and guidance, the path to success can be much smoother.

What do you need help with?


“The only way you really see change is by helping to create it.”



Our mentoring program is designed for screenwriters and producers in the Los Angeles area. Our network provides classes, and career opportunities and training, and more. The amount of effort you put into the program will determine your outcome. We require a serious level of commitment from all participants and a sincere dedication to improving your craft.

Lack of participation or unresponsiveness may result in removal from the program. To ensure that we are truly serving those in need, we routinely re-evaluate mentees to determine if the program is a right fit.



The Hillman Grad Network strives to increase the amount of diverse representation in media for those in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.


Members are given valuable resources to grow their skills through classes, writing groups, networking, and career opportuinites.


By limiting the amount of mentees at any one time, we can focus on helping people achieve success.


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